Fitness Trackers Are Hot, But Do They Really Help?
Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market recently. But will the devices really help you get healthier? Experts agree that getting people to set goals — and then reminding them of the goals — works, and the wearable devices are built to do that. But evidence that people get healthier when using fitness trackers is limited because they are new and studies have mostly been small or focused on specific groups of people. “Millennials seem to be wired for this kind of data, this kind of feedback,” said Dr. Jason Mendoza of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, who is running small studies to see if the devices will help teenagers.
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